The Certificate of Autism Studies is designed to prepare personnel to educate and support individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). The program consists of 12 semester hours of courses covering the Skill Competencies for Professionals and Paraprofessionals as outlined by Virginia’s Autism Council. There is no licensure in ASD endorsed by the Virginia Department of Education. This certificate is intended for educators, therapists, human services personnel, and family members who work with individuals who are on the autism spectrum. The certificate is based on empirically based research and best practices.